Theology and Social Theory: Beyond Secular Reason / Edition 2

Theology and Social Theory: Beyond Secular Reason / Edition 2

by John Milbank
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Theology and Social Theory: Beyond Secular Reason / Edition 2

In modern times, the social sciences have sought to explain religion from a neutral, secular vantage-point. In response, theology has tried to legitimate itself by building upon social scientific conclusions. In this acclaimed book, John Milbank suggests that both enterprises are compromised by the theological and anti-theological assumptions built into the social sciences themselves.

This new edition of Theology and Social Theory brings John Milbank’s classic work fully into line with his most recent views and is laid out in an easier-to-read format. It features a substantial new preface in which Milbank answers his critics by defending and further elaborating his metahistorical vision.

Provocative and well-argued, this updated classic from one of the world’s leading theologians offers a comprehensive treatment of the relation between theology and social theory, all the way from Plato to Deleuze.

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ISBN-13: 9781405136839
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 02/28/2006
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 484
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.26(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements for the First Edition.

Preface to the Second Edition.


Part I: Theology and Liberalism:.

1. Political Theology and the New Science of Politics.

2. Political Economy as Theodicy and Agonistics.

Part II: Theology and Positivism:.

3. Sociology I: From Malebranche to Durkheim.

4. Sociology II: From Kant to Weber.

5. Policing the Sublime: A Critique of the Sociology of Religion.

Part III: Theology and Dialectics:.

6. For and Against Hegel.

7. For and Against Marx.

8. Founding the Supernatural: Political and Liberation Theology in the Context of Modern Catholic Thought.

Part IV: Theology and Difference:.

9. Science, Reality and Power.

10. Ontological Violence or, The Post-Modern Problematic.

11. Difference of Virtue, Virtue of Difference.

12. The Other City: Theology as a Social Science.

Index of Names.

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